If you ever have a car accident, it is most likely a memorable and scary event. It is important to know what to do in this situation, and most importantly, seek medical attention immediately if you or your passengers are injured.
Step 1: your actions immediately after the accident
Unless the accident is a very mild event without property damage, you should call 911 after an accident to report it to the police if you can physically call. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident, interview both parties, ask if someone was injured and will usually prepare a police report on how the accident occurred. The police will also document the correct name of the other driver, addresses and insurance companies. All this information is relevant and useful. If you talk to the other driver before the police arrive, it is acceptable to ask if you are injured or need an ambulance. However, do not admit fault for the accident because you simply cannot be guilty.
Step 2: Are you injured?
After calling the police, take a moment, take a deep breath and try to determine if you are injured. If it is, stay still and let the 911 operator (or anyone close to your vehicle) know that you need an ambulance. If you are not sure if you were injured, remember that your adrenaline is probably triggered as a result of the accident and many times an accident victim will feel the injuries a day or two later. Therefore, you probably should not tell the police officer that you have no injuries if you are not sure. If you are injured at the scene, go to the emergency room and report all your injuries to the emergency room doctor. If you feel injuries one or two days later, see a doctor and report all your injuries. Follow the advice of your doctor (s) regarding treatment. Your health is too important to ignore this situation.
Step 3: Report the accident
After taking care of your health, and as soon as you can after the accident, you should call your car insurance company to report the accident. An adjuster will be assigned and you will be asked many questions about the accident. Provide as much information as you can to your insurance company. If the accident was not your fault, be sure to tell your adjuster why it was not your fault. If you were injured, be sure to tell your adjuster that you were injured and report all injuries you suffered in the accident. If you are not sure to speak with the adjuster, call a lawyer to help you with this process.
Step 4: Hire a lawyer
If you were seriously injured in the car accident, contact a lawyer who handles personal injury cases as soon as possible after the accident. Investigate the lawyers available in your area, ask any lawyer to contact you about your experience in handling car accident cases, and consider hiring a lawyer certified by the Board in the Personal Injury Trials Law by the Board of Specialization Texas legal. You should not try to handle your claim with the adverse driver’s insurance company without legal representation. Your lawyer should be able to handle the remaining part of your case, including determining who was at fault for the accident, what injuries were caused by the accident and what reasonable amount of damage you need to compensate for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and physical deterioration.